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Ira Thomas Higgs[1]

Male 1865 - 1914  (48 years)


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  • Name Ira Thomas Higgs 
    Born 9 Oct 1865  Tuscumbia, Colbert Co., Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Address:
    formerly Franklin Co. 
    • An obituary for Ira in the Washington Telegraph says that he was born in Washington, Arkansas.

      Some sources claim that Ira was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Others claim Washington, Hempstead Co., Arkansas. However, in both the 1870 census (where he was a child) and the 1880 census (where he was a teenager), Ira is listed as from Alabama. Likewise, by 1900, he reports himself as born in Alabama. So, I suspect he was born in Alabama but grew up in Washington. The family story is that they moved to Arkansas right after the Civil War. Don't know why or when.
    Gender Male 
    Census 6 Jul 1870  Ozan Township, Hempstead Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Census 11 Jun 1880  Ozan Township, Hempstead Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Occupation 11 Jun 1880  Ozan Township, Hempstead Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    printer 
    Census 19 Jun 1900  Van Buren, Crawford Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Ira's profession in 1900 is an undertaker. This would be why he later was coroner for the county.
    Occupation 19 Nov 1902  Van Buren, Crawford Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    commissioned coroner 
    • Commissions Issued - Coroner - Ira T. Higgs, Van Buren
    Misc 22 Apr 1903  Van Buren, Crawford Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    got into a fight with John Buel 
    • Fighting was the order of the day yesterday. Ed Minor and Jim Dick pulled off the first mill in which Dick carried of second honors. The smoke and carnage had hardly cleared away when John Buel and Ira Higgs mixed without serious injury to either. These mills are entertaining and broke the monotony for the bystanders, but have proven a financial failure to the principals.
    Occupation 1902–1904  Crawford Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    county coroner 
    • Ira was elected but failed to qualify. His term was served by J.H. McKenney.
    Residence 1909  Kansas City, Jackson Co., Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Address:
    1705 Jefferson 
    • There is an Ira T. Higgs listed in the 1909 City directory for Kansas City, Missouri. He is listed as a salesman for Schrader & Toller.

      This would be in between Ira's two terms as coroner for Crawford County. I am not sure that this is really our Ira, but Ira T. Higgs is a fairly uncommon name. Moreover, there are several other Higgs folks in the directory along with him. This might bear further research.
    Census 3 May 1910  Van Buren Twp, Crawford Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • Ira is listed as a printer in the 1910 Census.
    Occupation 1910–1914  Crawford Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    county coroner 
    • Ira was elected coroner again in 1910 and served two terms, until his death.
    Died 19 Mar 1914  Fort Smith, Sebastian Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [12, 13
    • Some sources report his death as March 8 or March 24. The Death certificate records it as March 16.
    Buried Fort Smith, Sebastian Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Address:
    Forest Park Cemetery 
    Person ID I3529  Scott Dickson's Family
    Last Modified 20 Apr 2019 

    Father Thomas Morton Higgs,   b. 11 Jul 1837, Athens, Limestone Co., Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Feb 1875, Washington, Hempstead Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years) 
    Mother Mary J. Sartain,   b. 27 Jun 1834, Decatur, Morgan Co., Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Oct 1887, Texarkana, Miller Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Married 25 Dec 1857  Athens, Limestone Co., Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  [15, 16
    • Thomas M. Higgs and Mary J. Sartain were married at the home of William H. Oglesby in Athens, AL by Jn. Turrentine, J.P. on Christmas Day, 1857.
    Family ID F263  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Harriet Nash,   b. Jul 1866, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 8 Feb 1888  Texarkana, Miller Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    • At the Presbyterian church this evening, at 8 o'clock, Mr. Ira H. Higgs, one of Texarkana's successful young business men, was married to Miss Hattie Nash, one of the reigning belles of the city. An elaborate reception was given the wedded ones tonight at the residence of Hon. Paul Jones, where numerous presents were given them.
    Children 
     1. Ira Thomas Higgs,   b. 4 Jan 1889, Texarkana, Miller Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Irl Nash Higgs,   b. 25 May 1894, Texarkana, Miller Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Dec 1962, Newport, Pend Oreille, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
    Last Modified 19 Mar 2021 
    Family ID F458  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Address:
    formerly Franklin Co. - 9 Oct 1865 - Tuscumbia, Colbert Co., Alabama
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    Link to Google MapsCensus - 6 Jul 1870 - Ozan Township, Hempstead Co., Arkansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 11 Jun 1880 - Ozan Township, Hempstead Co., Arkansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - printer - 11 Jun 1880 - Ozan Township, Hempstead Co., Arkansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 8 Feb 1888 - Texarkana, Miller Co., Arkansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 19 Jun 1900 - Van Buren, Crawford Co., Arkansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - commissioned coroner - 19 Nov 1902 - Van Buren, Crawford Co., Arkansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisc - got into a fight with John Buel - 22 Apr 1903 - Van Buren, Crawford Co., Arkansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - county coroner - 1902–1904 - Crawford Co., Arkansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Address:
    1705 Jefferson - 1909 - Kansas City, Jackson Co., Missouri
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    Link to Google MapsCensus - 3 May 1910 - Van Buren Twp, Crawford Co., Arkansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - county coroner - 1910–1914 - Crawford Co., Arkansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 19 Mar 1914 - Fort Smith, Sebastian Co., Arkansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Address:
    Forest Park Cemetery - - Fort Smith, Sebastian Co., Arkansas
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  • Notes 
    • Ira T. Higgs, brother of John William Higgs, was killed when he was hit by a streetcar in Fort Smith, AR. Living in Van Buren, AR, being the coroner there for four years, he had ventured across the river to Fort Smith. As he was returning home, he was struck by a streetcar on Garrison Ave. in Fort Smith. His leg was severed and he died a few hours after the accident. Ira had been the coroner for Crawford Co.for four years when he died and he had lived in Van Buren for 20 years. According to his obituary, he moved to Van Buren from Hot Springs, AR, the home of his wife, Hattie Nash. Likewise, according to the obituary, he was born near Texarkana, AR. Other sources have reported his birthplace as Tuscumbia, AL. It is likely that Ira and Hattie were married either in Texarkana, Miller Co., AR or near Hattie's family home in near Hot Springs, Garland Co., AR. However,Hattie is found with her mother and brother in the 1880 Census of Miller Co.

      According to the 1900 Census, Ira was an undertaker in Van Buren. Notation 8-6-a-0-6-3 might refer to another census schedule.

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  • Sources 
    1. [S160] Obituary of Ira T. Higgs McCurtain Gazette Idabel,.

    2. [S1464] Newspapers.com Washington Telegraph, Former Citizen Meets Sad Fate; 26 March 1914; 9 March 2019.

    3. [S717] 1870 US Federal Census, Hempstead Co, AR, Ozan Township; page 91; dwelling 672, family 672; T. M. Higgs.

    4. [S711] 1880 US Federal Census, Hempstead Co., AR, Ozan Township; ED 112; page 47; dwelling 274, family 297; Higgs, William.

    5. [S591] 1900 US Federal Census, Crawford Co, AR, Van Buren, Ward 3; ED 63; sheet 2B; dwelling 213, family 213; Ira T. Higgs.

    6. [S1458] Newspapers.com Arkansas Democrat, At the State House; 19 November 1902; 9 Mar 2019.

    7. [S1463] Newspapers.com Fort Smith Times, Done at Van Buren; 22 April 1903; 9 March 2019.

    8. [S712] Arkansas Biennial Report, 1905-1906, p. 210.

    9. [S688] U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989, 24 May 2013; Ira T Higgs, Kansas City, Missouri, 1909.

    10. [S581] 1910 US Federal Census, Crawford Co, AR, Van Buren Township; ED 16; sheet 24 A; dwelling 471, family 489; Ira Higgs.

    11. [S713] History of Crawford County, Arkansas, 11 August 2012; p. 203-204.

    12. [S707] Arkansas Death Index, 1914-1950, 11 August 2012; Ira T Higgs.

    13. [S1459] Newspapers.com Daily Arkansas Gazette, Coroner Run Down, Dies Unidentified; 20 March 1914; 9 March 2019.

    14. [S641] Find A Grave, 23 December 2014; Ira T. Higgs; Ira T. Higgs; 51466944; Stone Shooter; L Bruns.

    15. [S159] Thomas M. Higgs Mary J. Sartain Marriage Return 25.

    16. [S701] New Orleans, Louisiana, Marriage Records Index, 1831-1964, 11 August 2012; Thomas M. Higgs to Mary Sartain, 25 Dec 1857.

    17. [S1459] Newspapers.com Daily Arkansas Gazette, In Wedlock's Arms; 9 February 1888; 9 March 2019.


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